"No Blind Dates - dinner is 4 hours!!".
I live in NYC and frequent Saratoga for the majority of the summer. The Lodge is the former summer home of the president of NYRA and is steeped in history. The mahogany bar and mezzanine, the drinks and ambiance are unparalleled, especially in Saratoga. The food is very good, but not on par with some other restaurants in the area; the difference is more poingnant when you get the bill. The service is so slow you'll need a shave before dinner but they have three new LCD TVs in the bar area and two betting windows (conveniently, NYRA still owns the restaurant)!! Overall impression: go for a drink and an appetizer - I mean it, don't miss this place but go to another place for dinner. If you do decide to stay, prepare to spend three plus hours and a good portion of your winnings or retirement savings.